I already have a similar battery device for the echo making it portable, but this goes that step further by adding a good set of speakers to the echo dot in addition to portability (around 6 hours of untethered power). For the discerning amongst you, there could be a comment that they are even better than the ones that are integral in the larger echo. Not of course as good as some of the (very expensive) speakers available out there, but miles better than the inbuilt ones in the dot and comparable, possibly even better, than the ones in the original echo. Taking the sound output from the echo dot itself is a dissatisfying affair. The echo dot was released to allow people to use their own speakers after comments that the original echo speakers, while good, did not meet the expectations of all customers. This is something that i did with my echo dot. Initially i connected it to a good set of bluetooth speakers (using bluetooth). The problem was the lag in the dot-to-speakers response when asking the dot a question. So i ended up directly attaching the dot to the speakers through the micro audio jack.
1 star less because i think it reduces alexas sensitivity to sound. I have two alexas in my house i speak to the one in my room with the speaker and it doesn’t respond, the naked alexa all the way in the other room responds.
VAUX Cordless Home Speaker wireless Battery for Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 Black/Carbon
- Enjoy up to 6 hours of portable run time with our rechargeable battery.
- Dual 52mm Drivers and a passive radiator for impressive sound and bass
- Compatible with 2nd Generation Dot
- Use Amazon Dot’s Power Supply and Cable to Charge Vaux
- 3.5mm Aux Input for use with external mobile players
Great item which makes your amazon echo dot portable for the garden or anywhere within range of a good wifi connection or bluetooth connection. Music can output a decent amount of bass for the size of the speaker. However clarity can degrade at higher volumes. Not an item you would want as an always on device, as when you are within close proximity to the device (2m) you can hear a hissing noise from the speaker when not in use (still on, but not playing). All in all i would say that it is a worthwhile purchase if you already own an echo dot, and you don’t want to pay the extra money for the more expensive version of the echo.
Easy to fit it into the top and the charger soon means it can be used anywhere. One star removed as the volume is a little too loud, even on the lowest setting. As this one was for my bedside table it was not really useable. The dot’s built in speaker is rather tinny and this speaker has a good, well rounded sound, just needs tweeking to produce bedside level and it would be 5 stars all the way.
Perfect accessory to add extra volume to an echo dot and also make it portable as and when required. Good battery life – ideal for taking into the garden etc. Very pleased with this item. Only slight complaint is that it has a very bright blue neon light on the rear when plugged in – as used in a bedroom it was pretty annoying but a couple of layers of black tape sorted the issue.
VAUX Cordless Home Speaker wireless Battery for Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 Black/Carbon : One of my best buys, music in the garden and in the bathroom perfect for the dot.
Looks good, sounds good, but. . I bought this not so much as a portable device, but to enhance the sound quality from the echo dot. What i found is that it is great, but it keeps powering itself off after a period of inactivity, so i keep having to press the button to turn it back on again. Not really how i wanted to use it. If it stayed on, i’d give it five stars, but because it keeps switching off, two are knocked off.
Bought as a gift for my mum as she was disappointed with her choice of dot after hearing the sound quality of our echo. She is absolutely over the moon and says it’s now better than an echo because she can move it around with her.
I love that i can take my echo dot around with me in the house. Only issue i have is that is is not very quiet on the lowest setting. I wish there was a way of allowing there to be very quiet settings. The battery lasts a good 4 hours or so, with constant use. Also i wish there was a feature that told you when it is running low on battery. Instead we are listening to music and it just shuts off. Thankfully it does use a micro usb to charge so we can use our phone cable, not just the echo cable (although vaux have stated to only use the echo dot charging cable, but we have found no problem).
I love that this speaker now make alexa portable. It is great taking it into the bathroom or wherever. Only problem is that i also use it as a bed side device for some quiet tunes as we fall asleep. Using this speaker the minimum volume is still too loud. My workaround is to unplug the internal audio cable to the echo dot. This is easily done and means the sound reverts to the dot alone.
I’ve been meaning to buy a portable bluetooth speaker for a while now to use in the garden and i already had a dot so when i saw this i just had to get it and it works exactly as i hoped it would. Sound is great and the build quality seems fantastic, the amazon dot fits in the top inch perfect and it all connects easily. An added bonus is that as well as making a dot portable it also works with a chromecast audio which means i can add it to my multiroom audio setup and use it anywhere. They should definitely consider making an chromecast audio version.
The sound quality is quite good for the price and being portable because of the battery is an added bonus. However i have my suspicions that because the echo dot is put into the top of the speaker unit, it somehow reduces the effectiveness of the microphones. I sometimes have to shout the word alexa to get it to realise i am speaking to it. I have used this speaker with two different echo dot devices, so the problem does not lie with the echo dot. I have also found it very difficult to remove the plugs that connect it to the echo dot.
Greatly enhances the sound quality and volume of the dot. With this add-on it may even make it a better device than the full size echo as now have the sound quality and portability for cheaper price.
You’d never know it wasn’t original equipment.
I’ve been using the vaux for a couple of months now. The built in battery means my alexa is now truely portable. I mostly use it in the garden for bbqs etc and love it. Sound quality is very good producing clear, enjoyable music. While it doesn’t compare to the i sonos speakers i have in the main rooms it offers a fantastic solution for the rest.
Have had one of these six months now and have been very pleased with it and it’s performance. I frequently move around the house with this and it gives me hours of wireless play. Was a big hit at a garden party in the summer with alexa being the dj and taking all the requests, we ran out of steam long before this did. Very happy with the purchase and considering another for a second dot in the bedroom.
A huge improvement on sound quality and volume for the dot, if you already have a echo dot and want use it to play music it’s a good solution, if you do not already own a dot however, you need to weigh up the cost af buying both as you can currently buy a second generation echo for £69. 99 while a dot and vaux would currently cost of £14. 50 more, the only advantage is that it makes the dot portable.
I bought an echo and a dot – connected the dot to a bluetooth speaker – all good but kept having to connect or disconnect – a bit tedious, saw this and thought ‘what the hell’. Comparing the dot in the vaux to the echo?.Well – as others have said – the bass isn’t as good – but that’s comparative – when it arrived and i first tried it i was very happy with the quality, and it’s £50. I then pondered on the fact that for the dot/vaux combined price i could have had another echo. . Then my brain re-engaged – i can unplug this combination and take it to the bathroom, the kitchen, the garden (wifi/bt permitting) and still keep shouting at alexa. I say shouting (slight exaggeration) because there does seem to be a reduction in the ability of the dot to hear me – but there is no loss of review stars for that compared to the ‘upgrade’ this piece of clever kit gives my ‘echo-system’ (rubbish pun). And – (after changing the ‘wake’ word on one device) – when it’s don’t care about the neighbours time – enable ‘music everywhere’ and both speakers in the one room. If you have an echo dot – buy this – if you have an echo dot and an echo.
A great little product that means i can take the dot out in the garden when working and still control the music and lights around the house.
Fits nicely and easy to use. Not sure how long the battery lasts, but i have streamed music for 5 hours without it running out. The speaker quality isn’t as fantastic as a real echo, but it’s great if you want portability and it’s better than the echo dot for music. Now i can take alexa out into the garden and around the house.
Bought this product mainly from reading the reviews and i was not disappointed. Quite simply made my echo dot come alive.
Very impressed to be honest. Was using the dot with a bluetooth speaker that i wanted to replace and the came across this. Looks great and setup, sound is pretty good and for the money it’s a good alternative to a separate unit. You can’t compare the sound quality to the normal echo, as this just hasn’t got the same depth and base, but for a medium size room it works perfectly. Would 5 star if has some seperate base/treble control on the unit, but all in all, very happy.